Hello everyone! I am going to really try to begin posting regularly again. It will keep me honest. :)
The last few weeks have not been great eating wise. I really wanted to do Weight Watchers again, but there are two things that I think are keeping me from committing:
1. I would really like to be going to meetings during the week - specifically Wednesday nights. But lately I have been working until 7, and can not get back in time for the meetings. I know I could go on Saturday or Sunday - I just don’t want my meeting days to be on the weekends - Saturdays are usually very crowded (and I am not crazy about the leader) and Sunday is at 2 in the afternoon. And I don’t know about your Sundays - but mine are lazy and I don’t want to commit to anything. It is my one day of rest - and for now I want to keep it that way.
2. Motivation. Aghhh - I want to eat well and lose weight - I just don’t want to count points. It can be such a hassle to have to determine what the points are. (I could just be lazy.)
So what is the solution. I signed up for Spark People and have been tracking my calories. As many may already know they ask for your height, weight, and your goal - and then provide a calorie range which you should be eating within. AND it is free. And that is fabulous. Free is always good.
I did finally buy a scale and weighed and had lost 5.7 pounds over the last 2 months. Not bad with how crazy everything has been and how little exercise I have been able to get in. Right now my plan is to get up and walk one of the dogs each morning and do weights in the evening 3 times a week. I am starting with a 2 -3 mile walk and may increase that as it gets warmer and I am more in the habit of getting up early (I have to exercise in the morning - I have no time in the evening). I need to be back from my walk by a certain to begin getting ready for work - so the earlier I get up to work out the more time I have. I would like to get back to Couch to 5K - I just am going to take my exercise a week at a time right now. I have a tendency to get overwhelmed by what I think I should be doing and then don’t want to do anything. I started walking last week with the boys and got off track and have now ended up with a horrendous cold - but am hopeful tomorrow Duke and I can head back out for another walk. He needs it and I need it - and although it is a little chilly here - I can bundle up and have a great walk.
The biggest news this week is that my husband I found out that we had been approved for all of the necessary financing. That means that we are in business! We are opening a meat market in Norman, OK - and are very excited. I visited the location for the first time last night and the walls are yellow! - we have so much work to do! But it will be fun to see the transformation. We had a small celebration with friends on Thursday night - and that was when food just went downhill. I didn’t do awful but how can you do well with breaded chicken strips, tortilla chips, bbq chips, and soda? BAH! (My hubby was the one who purchased and planned the party and at 6′2″ and 145 pounds - he has little to no concern about calories. :)
But back on track…kind of back on track today. Honestly - I just feel stuffed up and uncomfortable with this cold. My throat, my nose, everything feels heavy and sore. I so rarely get sick that I had forgotten how awful it could feel. I am hopeful that tomorrow will be better - I am planning on doing a little cooking in anticipation of the upcoming week. I thought I would make some lentil soup, grill some chicken, make some couscous salad and perhaps some bread. I need to have things to pack for lunch that are healthy, easy, and taste great!! (and balanced - my goal is to have all of the food groups represented.)
So here is today’s food:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup grape nuts and 1/2 cup skim
Snack: (Not so good) - a couple of bbq chips, a few swigs of Coca Cola, and a couple of cashews
Lunch: 1/2 a piece of naan bread and 1/4 cup of marinara for dipping, one half cup of Edy’s light ice cream
Dinner: 1 cup Raisin Bran Crunch and 1 cup of skim milk and another 1/2 cup of Edy’s light ice cream (I am sick! - though that is not a good excuse)
Snack - a glass of Coca Cola and a couple more bbq chips, and a Edy’s Grape Fruit Bar (so good)
Per Spark People - I am still within my calorie range - but seriously my choices have not been very balanced. So that is not great.
Found a great cooking website today - www.101cookbooks.com - the author focuses on low fat vegetarian cooking - but the recipes appear to be pretty straightforward and I believe can be adjusted for meat as needed. I like recipes that don’t have a lot of ingredients, don’t have hard to find ingredients, and are simple. Works for me. The site even has a recipe for baked donuts - which would be fun for holidays or family gatherings.
Well - I am going to do some sewing and watch a movie. I am hoping that I am feeling better tomorrow.
Hope you are all well - Happy Saturday!